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YouTube Kids app is feeding children with conspiracy videos

by Harikrishna Mekala

The YouTube Kids app is intended to filter out inappropriate content, but it was found that it suggested that children should watch conspiracy theory videos.  The app recommended several videos from famous conspiracy theorist David Icke in which he alleged that the world is ruled by reptile-human hybrids. Searches for “moon landing” returned results including three videos which insist the moon landing was a hoax. YouTube removed the content after BI got in contact, and was quick to recognize the difficulty of ensuring the Kids app is kept squeaky clean.

The team covers content using “human trained systems,” according to the report,” but “sometimes we miss the mark. and When we do, we take immediate action to block videos or, as necessary, channels from appearing in the app. While YouTube is trying very hard to keep the questionable content off its platform, child-oriented apps tend to face a much as higher levels of scrutiny because are not meant to see the false material.

YouTube is unwilling to tinker with its recommendation algorithm because the company wants you to keep consuming videos for as long as possible.

In the Previous article, we have published an article saying there are Disturbing videos found on the YouTube Kids app now the company is recommending Several other videos featuring Icke appeared in the suggested video section, meaning that it would be fairly easy for a child to go from watching harmless videos about toys to watching a man rant about reptilian people and shadowy assassinations.

The YouTube Kids app blocks search for most unsuitable videos. Search “9/11” or “porn” and you find no results. But we found that buried in the app’s suggested videos were conspiracy videos that children could stumble on while browsing the platform. YouTube is preparing to launch a crackdown on conspiracy theories by adding text from Wikipedia on the pages of conspiracy videos on the main YouTube site.

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Source: DigitalTrends, Engadget, BusinessInsider

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